I AM...

I am whatever YOU think I am until YOU get to KNOW me. This is true for everyone else too, of course.. so don't make assumptions about anyone or pass judgment; ask questions. You might just make a new friend.


Monday, April 16, 2012


How many of you have
encountered that colleague at work who, for whatever reason, thinks that
working together entitles them to information about your personal life. These
people are the ones who have to be quickly reminded that you two are co-workers
and not friends.

It is true
that we spend the majority of our time with the people that we work with, but
it doesn’t mean we have to be the best of friends. Any job I start I maintain
this approach to keep work and my social life separate. Some people get upset
because when they ask me about how my weekend was I simply say, “It was fine,”
and leave it at that. That is all the information I feel needs to be given and
I shouldn’t be made to feel like an outcast because I don’t want to discuss
every aspect of my life.

People usually
will find someone they become friends with at work or a click that they hang
out with during lunch, but it is not mandatory. Being polite, keeping to
yourself and doing your work is all that matters. All the friendship stuff can
be a waste of time and end up with you being in the middle of office politics
or drama. It amazes me how many work places are more like high school
cafeterias with the amount of gossip and back biting that goes around. I rather
be seen as anti-social and keep to myself then trying to be the cool person at

Business and
pleasure usually don’t mix well and this is especially true in the work place.
You should never feel pressured to share more information about your life than
you have to with people that you work with. If they want to call you boring
that is fine because your REAL friends know the truth.


Fully-written and produced by Wouter "Wally"
De Backer, aka Gotye, "Somebody That I Used To Know" is the most
sucessful single from the Belgian-Australian musician's third album
"Making Mirrors" released in mid-2011 on Eleven Records. In
"Somebody That I Used To Know", Gotye sings about a past lover, and
the nature of love. The single got to #1 in over 16 countries across the world,
including the US, where it was certified platinum.

"Somebody That I Used To
Know" by Gotye Featuring Kimbra is currently (week 16, 2012) in the HOT100
Billboard charts at position 2. The Somebody That I Used To Know
lyrics by Gotye are displayed below.

Now and then I think of when we were together
Like when you said you felt so happy you could die
Told myself that you were right for me
But felt so lonely in your company
But that was love and it's an ache I still remember

You can get addicted to a certain kind of sadness
Like resignation to the end, always the end
So when we found that we could not make sense
Well you said that we would still be friends
But I'll admit that I was glad that it was over

But you didn't have to cut me off
Make out like it never happened and that we were
And I don't even need your love
But you treat me like a stranger and that feels so
No you didn't have to stoop so low
Have your friends collect your records and then
change your number
I guess that I don't need that though
Now you're just somebody that I used to know

Now you're just somebody that I used to know
Now you're just somebody that I used to know

Now and then I think of all the times you screwed
me over
But had me believing it was always something that
I'd done
And I don't wanna live that way
Reading into every word you say
You said that you could let it go
And I wouldn't catch you hung up on somebody that
you used to know

But you didn't have to cut me off
Make out like it never happened and that we were
And I don't even need your love
But you treat me like a stranger and that feels so
And you didn't have to stoop so low
Have your friends collect your records and then
change your number
I guess that I don't need that though
Now you're just somebody that I used to know

(I used to know)
(Now you're just somebody that I used to know)

Gotye Somebody That I Used To Know lyrics found on DIRECT


Final 4! AGAIN! But this time for realsies. As we all
knew it would, the season came down to Chad Michaels, Latrice Royale, Sharon
Needles, and Phi Phi O'Hara. The only queen who ever really had a shot of
taking one of those spots was Willam, and who knows what the hell happened
there. In the workroom, after the girls lovingly mocked Li'l Kenya's second
goodbye message, Latrice pointed out that Chad Michaels was the only remaining
contestant not to have lipsynched. Chad argued that it's not his fault that
he's perfect. True! Sharon joked that the producers just didn't want Chad breaking
her hip. Bitch!

Speaking of bitches, they were
the theme of this week. As Alexis Carrington and Amanda Woodward can attest,
you can never go wrong with a good bitch. For the mini-challenge the dolls had
to randomly pick a puppet version of one of their competitors, drag them up,
and then put on a bitch fest. The puppets were ADORABLE. Someone get on Etsy
right now and start cranking out drag-queen puppets. That is a cottage industry
right there. Sharon got Chad and gave her really ghastly plastic-surgery lips,
but did a fine job with the comedy bits, and brought up Chad's critique, that
she needs to show some rough edges. Latrice kind of bombed with her Sharon
puppet. Chad lampooned the hell out of Phi Phi, bringing up her snaggletooth,
her alleged racism, her wigs, etc. And Phi Phi did better than I thought she
would with Latrice, but mostly because she referenced the infamous bracelet
breaking on the runway weeks ago. That was smart and cute.

The main challenge featured
bitches of a different kind. The queens were tasked with putting together three
separate looks for the Bitch Ball, an old-school ballroom drag competition. (We
all lust for a ballroom floor, hunties.) The categories were Daytime Dog Park
Realness, Pooch Party Girl, and finally Canine Couture. The last look had to be
inspired by the actual dogs brought in by the show, which were assigned to the
queens by mini-challenge winner Chad. It ended up like this:

Sharon got the standard poodle

Chad took the Chinese Crested

Latrice got a Pomeranian

Phi Phi was given a bloodhound

Phi Phi's dog kept trying to
hump him, and had a slobber problem. And Phi Phi, in her usual charming way,
was defensive and shitty about the whole thing. Just dripping with stank
attitude, that one. Chad repeatedly tried to apologize if Phi Phi interpreted
her assignment as a dig - which was stupid and unnecessary on Chad's part, I
think - but Phi Phi would have none of it. In her defense, I will say that a
bloodhound is an odd choice for this challenge. It's so cumbersome and oafish,
while the rest of the selected dogs were all pretty or had some kind of
whimsical element.

In addition to all of the
outfits they had to put together for the runway, the Final 4 also had to
perform a Broadway-style opening number in the spirit of "Cats." Chad
and Sharon were discussing conflicting ideas, but Phi Phi came packing diva. I
understand that the stress must have been extraordinary, and the time
constraints anxiety inducing, but Phi Phi's attitude could not have been helping
that situation one bit.

Mainstage. Ru was giving us
rain-tarp realness with a shiny black vinyl-looking gown embellished with black
roses across the bust. Did not care for it. The guest judges were Rose McGowan
and Wynonna Judd. Wynonna is...severe. I would not want to cross her.

The Broadway number was
completely ridiculous, but the lip synching looked on point. It was amusing.
I'm not sure what else you say about that. As for the 12 (!) looks, Latrice did
the worst pretty much across the board. It wasn't a disaster or anything, it
was just plain and uninspiring. Phi Phi snatched Kenya's wig for her ridiculous
daytime look but really nailed the couture assignment, which was especially
impressive given that she had the toughest dog to incorporate. Chad was all
over the map in her looks, from soft "Little House on the Prairie"
housewife to matronly Cruella deVille cape-wearing baddy. (I was not a fan of
the couture look.) Sharon did well across the board, giving us totally normal
fashion plate for daytime, a hilarious rocker complete with SCRAM bracelet for
party girl, and a high-fashion fur-booted weirdo for couture. All of her looks
were good.

Critiques: McGowan liked the
Mahogany thing Latrice had going with her couture, but overall Ms. Royale
received a tepid response. Wynonna loved Phi Phi, but Michelle had an issue
with the daytime look being too cartoonish. The judges told Chad that her
couture look read too old, and her lipsynch was off. The judges gagged over
pretty much everything Sharon served up.

The inevitable Who Should Go
Home? question yielded some fiery results. Sharon said that Phi Phi should get
eliminated, specifically referencing her cutthroat attitude. Phi Phi objected
to this and called Sharon a liar. Oh, so you didn't deliberately try to lead
Jiggly down a path of certain self-destruction in the magazine challenge? You
didn't try to actually bribe Latrice to throw the "frenemy" challenge
in order to get rid of Willam? I have no problem when contestants play the game
and play to win, but OWN IT. You have been practically frothing at the mouth
for weeks now, just spewing negativity, and you're going to call Sharon a liar
for saying you have no sense of sisterhood?

For her part, Phi Phi said
that Sharon should go home. Chad also said Phi Phi because she has a lot of maturing
to do. And how! Latrice said it should be Sharon, because she's been imperfect
throughout the competition, mentioning unfinished seams, etc. Hmmm. I've barely
noticed that. But I did notice that, when she said that, Latrice herself was
standing there unfinished hemline. And the judges noticed that too.
Poor timing on that one, Latrice.

Based on the judges' comments
it was obvious that it was between Sharon and Phi Phi for the win, and Chad and
Latrice for the B2. That made me sad. Sharon won! Which gives her the most wins
of the season, I believe, with four. She got some crazy-ass crystal flower body
jewelry. I don't even know what that means!

And Chad and Latrice had to
lipsynch to "No One Else on Earth" by Wynonna. Have they not
lipsynched to that song before on this show? No complaints - it's a damned good
song. Unfortunately it did not make for an even playing ground here. We learned
that Chad is a great lipsyncher. No surprise. She was fierce, a total pro, a
real entertainer. Great energy. Latrice, who had never lipsynched to a country
song before, was out of her element, but tried her best (although the synch was
slightly off).

Chad was saved, and Latrice
went home, but not before a very tearful and wonderful goodbye speech to RuPaul
about what an inspiration she has been to Latrice, and how she has changed the
drag world forever. That is a pro, and a wonderful soul, right there. Class!
Class class class! Every subsequent big girl on this show has a new benchmark,
that's for sure. I am gutted that she will not be in the finale. Instead we're
stuck with goddamned Phi Phi, and two of the strongest contestants this series
has ever seen.

Next week: unseen footage!
Drag-queen farts! And Willam IS...Smurfette!


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